Android, Windows Butt Heads on Dual OS TabletsBy: Sean Patterson - March 7, 2014
The Android mobile OS and Windows OS have co-existed peacefully for years, dominating their respective tech realms. As the tech industry moves toward the true internet-of-things, however, Android is increasingly becoming the OS of choice for a variety of new devices. With Microsoft re-designing its Windows OS to be more smartphone and tablet friendly it’s clear now that the operating systems are truly competitors. This has led to a bit of awkwardness in the tablet space, where Windows 8 and Android come closest.
A new DigiTimes Research report out today claims that the new Asus TD300 dual OS Android/Windows tablet that it previewed at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been delayed. Specifically, the report states that release of the tablet has been delayed due to pressure from Google. DigiTimes believes that Google sees Android/Windows dual OS tablets as a negative for its operating system. The report also holds that other PC manufacturers have also halted production on dual OS devices.
According to DigiTimes such dual OS tablets are a major win for Microsoft, which could increase its Windows OS tablet market share on the back of Android. The segment is also beneficial for Intel, which makes the X86 chip that dual OS tablets run on. PC manufacturers see dual OS devices as a way to drive sales at a price point where consumers have been turning away from notebooks and desktop PCs. Just about the only company not getting any benefit out of the deal is Google, which could see its Android brand diluted by being thrown into the same device as Windows.
Not that dual OS devices would be incredibly popular anyway. Such tablets are, for now, a niche category for very specific consumers. As tablets grow in size and become lighter, however, the use case for a device that provides apps on the go and more productivity in other contexts becomes clearer.